Slip and Fall on a Cruise Ship
Cruise ships provide a wide variety of entertainment and activities for vacationing children and adults alike. They also provide opportunity to relax and do nothing on deck or around a swimming pool. The variety of nearly constant activity and the number of people on a large cruise ship can create a strong potential for passengers to be involved in accidents that cause serious injuries.
Some of the most common injuries on cruise ships arise from various types of slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents. Depending on the severity of the fall, a passenger may suffer a wide variety of injuries, including head and traumatic brain injury (TBI), neck and back injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and other serious harm.
If you or a loved one has suffered a slip-and-fall injury on a cruise ship because of negligence on the part of the ship’s crew or the cruise line, you may be entitled to compensation for your expenses and other losses connected to your injury.
Legal Responsibility for Falls on Cruise Ships
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It is understood that a ship at sea rocks with the ocean’s waves and currents. Cruise ship passengers quickly become acclimated to their ship’s motion and the small challenge of maintaining their footing on a rolling deck, even in adverse weather. But slip-and-fall accidents that occur on cruise ships because of negligence, such as failure to clean up a spill or debris, are another matter.
Cruise lines and ship’s crews have the same obligation as land-based property owners to ensure their premises are safe for visitors or to warn about hazards that cannot be fixed in a timely manner. Failure to meet this duty is negligence. If negligence causes a cruise ship passenger to be injured, such as in a slip-and-fall or trip-and fall accident, the injured passenger may be compensated for losses.
Our personal injury attorneys have experience handling slip-and-fall injuries arising from cruise ship accidents, including ones like the following:
- Unattended wetness on deck, or spills at a buffet, restaurant, bar or retail shop.
- Unmarked or unattended hazards on decks or ramps or in corridors.
- Luggage, equipment, tools or debris left in a walkway.
- Poorly lit changes in floor levels on decks or ramps, or in corridors.
- Malfunction of elevators and escalators.
- Negligent design that includes slippery flooring on stairs, ramps and other walkways.
- Negligent operation of a tender boat during passenger transport between ship and shore.
- Passengers allowed access to restricted and dangerous areas of the ship.
If you have been badly injured in a slip and fall on a cruise ship, you are likely to need an experienced cruise line negligence lawyer to obtain the compensation you are due for medical expenses and other losses.
Cruise ship passengers usually make certain agreements as part of booking a cruise that are designed to protect the cruise line from liability. The complex laws that govern cruise ships also weigh in the favor of the cruise line – or an attorney with equal knowledge of state, federal and international law governing cruise ship accidents.
Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP – Experience Cruise Line Negligence Attorneys
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, or cruise line negligence attorneys have represented many clients in a wide variety of slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accident claims. Our knowledge of the laws that govern cruise ship injuries allows us to take a much more proactive approach to seeking fair compensation in your case.
Contact our New York cruise slip-and-fall accident attorneys for a free consultation, including meetings in your home or hospital room if that’s more convenient for you.